ALTERNATOR FAILURE DELAYS MCNALLY AND RICCIARDELLO IN L&H 500 An alternator failure has delayed the progress of the Hi-Tec Oils Holden Commodore of West Aussies Mark McNally and Tony Ricciardello in the L&H 500 at Phillip Island in Victoria ...
ALTERNATOR FAILURE DELAYS MCNALLY AND RICCIARDELLO IN L&H 500
An alternator failure has delayed the progress of the Hi-Tec Oils Holden Commodore of West Aussies Mark McNally and Tony Ricciardello in the L&H 500 at Phillip Island in Victoria today.
McNally brought the #16 Hi-Tec Oils Holden Commodore into the pits for repairs on lap 74, with the crew working feverishly to replace the component and get the car back on track to finish the race.
Their efforts paid dividends with the entry being classified in 22nd position to earn 52 vital championship points.
Both drivers were buoyed by the consistency of the Hi-Tec Oils Commodore before the alternator problem, giving them confidence leading into Bathurst next month.
Will Davison and Garth Tander won today's L&H 500 ahead of Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes and the pairing of Mark Winterbottom and Steven Richards.
The Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 will be held at the iconic Mount Panorama circuit on October 8-11.
HI-TEC OILS RACING QUOTEBOARD
Mark McNally - #16 Hi-Tec Oils Holden Commodore:
"It was very unfortunate, we had an alternator fail," said Mark McNally.
"As soon as I jumped in the Hi-Tec Oils Commodore for the second stint I had no radio, and that's the first sign of everything starting to go flat.
"So the guys couldn't hear me and I had a bit of drama out there and wanted to come in so it was a tricky one and I was in two minds.
"So we ended up dropping maybe 12 laps in the pits while they changed the alternator, if we had have pushed on everything would have gone flat and we would have stopped anyway.
"Up until then we were running really well, I was happy with the cars consistency and I thought we could have got a strong result. I'm very happy with the way I worked with Oscar (Fiorinotto, Race Engineer) this weekend, and we are starting to make some gains.
"I am looking forward to Bathurst, also I am really happy after the setback at Queensland to get out of the car and realise that I could have gone again, I felt that fresh at the end of my stints that I could have gone around again easily. So for me, personally, that was a good thing to get through after having the cool suit fail in Queensland.
"Bathurst, I have so much respect for it. This place can be a bit daunting but we had a reasonable car, but Bathurst is a different kettle of fish all together. You go to Bathurst and the thing is on edge the whole time.
"To go around for 161 laps is pretty hard. We managed to stay out there on the lead lap until the drama, so we will take the positives out of it. I am looking forward to getting out at Bathurst, I think we can have a pretty solid run if we can get on top of a few points of driving and also some mechanical dramas."
Tony Ricciardello - #16 Hi-Tec Oils Holden Commodore:
"I think it is disappointing for the whole team," said Tony Ricciardello.
"We had a very good car until the little drama. It is unfortunate but that's the way it happens.
"I think it is really good to get some mileage today in the Hi-Tec Oils Commodore. It is great preparation for Bathurst and I am learning to work with the team, myself and Mark are learning to work together as well. It's going to take some time but I think we are ready for Bathurst."